If Angela Hunt Decides to Run for Mayor, Bryan Place NA Founder Jim Rogers Wants the Seat

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Soon as I got back to the office, Jim Rogers showed up with a press release and a photo. Rogers, the first president of the Bryan Place Neighborhood Association perched in the shadow of downtown, came by to announce that he's running for Dallas City Council -- the District 14 seat, that is, presently held by Angela Hunt. Rogers, an attorney and accountant, says he's only a candidate if Hunt runs for mayor. Otherwise, he says, he's out and "she [Hunt] will win District 14 with my support."

Rogers, a former member of the Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee, says he decided to run only a week ago, at the insistence of "neighborhood people." But he clarifies: "I've been thinking about it for a long time." In the press release he brought by, Rogers says District 14 needs "a vision focused on the importance of quality planning which respects our neighborhoods and the efforts to stabilize the city's tax base."

We talked a little about taxes. Rogers says they're too high and that the citizens of Dallas are "paying higher taxes than people in the other major cities in Texas. Part of my background is, I'm not only an attorney but also a CPA, and I want us to go through everything ... We need to compare the major cities, where they're spending their money and where we're spending our money. We need to be at least comparable to them."

I asked: With City Manager Mary Suhm about to tell the council she's expecting a $41-million to $96-million budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year, how would he address that?

Rogers says he hasn't seen the specifics yet, but says that during the coming budgeting process, "I would like to see all the details [because] I'm not sure there are that many with my kind of background that can understand what they're looking at and accurately delve into it. I find it very regretful to hear we could be $50 to $100 million below what we need. That could be scary."

When asked if he was against the tax hike, which Hunt supported, he took a long pause, then said, "I would like to have seen the budget developed in such a way that a tax hike was not required."

He and Hunt were at odds not long ago over Woodard Paint & Body Shop, and Rogers' name surfaced a few years back as someone opposed to the $175-million mixed-use City Lights project near Live Oak and Good-Latimer, which the developer ultimately scuttled. But one thing he absolutely supports: Hunt and Pauline Medrano's plan for turning Lower Greenville into a planned development district. Says Rogers, "I think it's positive for that area. From my perspective, it's not my council seat. It's District 14's council seat, and I would like to involve the people as much as possible."

Update: Rogers would like to clarify my comments regarding his position on City Lights. He sends this via e-mail:
I think it is inaccurate to say I opposed the City Lights project. I enthusiastically supported most of the project. Early on we (I as the zoning chair along with the neighborhood association president) met with Don Silverman and I understood him to almost commit to aspects that would be sensitive to the Bryan Place neighborhood. He later ignored all our input and (from my perspective) abandoned all sensitivity.

The only portions of the project that I had problems with were those that were not sensitive to the existing neighborhood. Specifically I asked them to attempt to leave as much of the view corridor of Downtown as possible and his response was less than favorable. I did oppose his receiving all the city tax breaks, bond money, etc. unless he showed some sensitivity to the neighborhood's concerns.
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Guest
Guest

Nearly everyone who gets elected to the council gets infected with the "World Class City" bug and starts coming up with more stuff that Dallas needs to issue bonds for in order to finally, at long last, make Dallas a World Class City.

And then they talk about taxes being too high when fully 1/3rd of the city's budget goes to paying interest and principal on debt.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Just noted a letter to the editor in the Tuesday DMN about the mayor's race and city council members who may be eyeing it. It describes, in a tight budget year where taxes were raised on top of property value increases by the DCAD how the city council members spent around $500 per shot for a total of $8000 dollars on new comfy chairs for themselves. This expense is one in a long line of questionable “must have” expenditures by the city during trying economic times.

We need to replace all city council members as the writer of the letter implies “we need someone who gets it” in the mayor’s seat (and city council members) and it is questionable if the present city council members do (get it).

I would urge Mr. Rogers to run despite Ms. Hunt’s decision on the mayor’s seat or her present seat.

SnookiePie
SnookiePie

Hey, there, Mr. Mean--get your fact straight or refrain from typing. The City Council did not spend $500 per chair. The City manager, Mary Suhm ordered the chairs bought. Then they were put in place and that is the first most city council members knew of new chairs.

If you knew anything at about how the City operates, you would know the City Council cannot buy new furniture or spend City funds such as that. Each City councilmember has an office budget to use to spend on their office but they would be barred from using it to purchase and use a chair that is placed at the horseshoe.

Angela.Rules
Angela.Rules

Mr. Mean, from the beginning of your post through the end, you are obviously totally uninformed. First of all, DCAD prop values were LOWERED, drastically, LOWERED, last year. I know because I sit on the Appraisal Review Board. Your post is so completely off that it has no value. Because all city properties were drastically lowered in value, it meant much much lower in taxes going to the City. The raised 4.91 cents per $100 of prop value, that Angela felt she had to vote FOR was computed because, it would then result in most homeowners paying the same amount for City taxes that they would've paid at the old rate, if their values had not been lowered. So, you see, your posting is wrong, wrong, wrong.

While I defend your rights to support one candidate or cause over another, and you do not have to be on the same side of an issue as I am, I do insist that you not twist facts, or lie, or just plain misinform and have no desire to get anything correct.

We do not need to replace all city council members. Just as in a game of poker, keep you good cards, and throw away the trash. We should keep Angela Hunt at all costs, and keep a few others who are trying to do the right things.

heart and soul
heart and soul

Emily,FYI, Rogers said if Angela doesn't run for mayor he will step aside and not run against her for her seat. Seems like a good guy that supports the district and its current leader.

Ellum08
Ellum08

A $41-96 million shortfall? Really?

Perhaps this next budget cycle, Council will start seriously looking at what a city has to do, versus what people think a city should do. There are SO many portions/areas of the city budget (dental health program for Senior Citizens, the ENTIRE Strategic Customer Service department aside from 3-1-1) that could be cut to save basic core services.

Hopefully, there will be a Mayor and a majority of new Council members that will take this approach instead of the current crop of babies that will take whatever Mary Suhm feeds them. I won't hold my breath, though.

Bob
Bob

Amen, brother. Is there any reason, for example, that the city needs to own a radio station?

cp
cp

Any more than it needs to own a hotel? At least the radio station turns a profit, unlike anything else the City provides.....

Emily
Emily

This reminds me of relatives divvying up grandma's loot before the poor woman is even dead.

SnookiePie
SnookiePie

I'm not sure you even know what you're talking about. Jim Roger has Angela Hunt's blessing. In fact, he has publicly stated that if she chooses to run for re-election to city council, he will not file to run against her. That's pretty classy.

So far, we have two announced candidates for Dist. 14. JIM ROGERS, with a long history in the area, and vast knowledge of the workings of City Hall. And, the other guy, who keeps moving and changing addresses to try to run for different positions, and who has never been involved with any issues in the City.I prefer to vote for the one that Angela Hunt prefers, Jim Rogers.

Alan
Alan

Rogers, not Turner.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Yup. Already fixed it. For whatever reason -- maybe because I am writing five things at once -- Turner kept popping into my brain. Apologies.

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